Re: Off the grid
If your using an online Email, a cheap way to check Email would be with a Kindle, it has a basic web browser that uses phone data comunication. Slow, B&W graphics if at all, but it does give you the ability to check and answer mail (thumb pad) Only web service I had while snowwed in for 4-5 days. I even posted to a couple forums (really bored)
Home system- 20 - 200W Evergreen blems, 2 Classic Lites, E-Panel up! 14 Suntech 185W in spare room.
Cabin system- 8-115watt 12V, 6 - 170-5watt 24v, Pulse/Trace PC250 Power Center, 800AH 24V forklift Batt, ProSine 1800 watt (24v) inverter.
Odds and extras, Rouge CC, 80-4/5watt 6v panels